Green spa­ces the envy of Bri­tain

HILLING­DON WINS PRES­TI­GIOUS NA­TIONAL IN BLOOM AWARDS

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by QASIM PERACHA qasim.peracha@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @qasim­per­acha

CON­STRUC­TION has be­gun on a £13.8m ex­tra care sup­ported hous­ing fa­cil­ity in Uxbridge for older peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

The 60-be­d­room de­vel­op­ment be­ing built for Hilling­don Coun­cil, in Far­rier Close, will re­place Park View Day Cen­tre, which has been shut for sev­eral years. The new de­vel­op­ment aims to en­able older peo­ple to live as in­de­pen­dently as pos­si­ble for as long as pos­si­ble be­fore they need more as­sis­tance.

Park View Court will have 57 one, two and three-bed ex­tra care apart­ments, as well as com­mu­nal liv­ing spa­ces, and each apart­ment will come with an at­tached ‘win­ter gar­den’ en­closed by glass slid­ing pan­els.

The three-storey build­ing is be­ing built to the Stir­ling Gold qual­ity stan­dard for de­men­tia care and has in­cor­po­rated the po­lice ini­tia­tive Se­cure by De­sign to keep res­i­dents safe.

Build­ing is due to be com­plete by Au­gust 2018 and lo­cal peo­ple have been given con­struc­tion train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties as work pro­gresses on the site.

Coun­cil­lor Philip Corthorne, cab­i­net mem­ber for so­cial ser­vices, hous­ing, health and well­be­ing, said: “This is one of two large hous­ing de­vel­op­ments we’re in­vest­ing in to sup­port older peo­ple who want to carry on liv­ing in­de­pen­dently.

“Th­ese homes will be mod­ern, com­fort­able and close to lo­cal ameni­ties and the on-site care fa­cil­i­ties will pro­vide in­valu­able peace of mind for those with ex­tra care needs.

“I’m de­lighted that con­struc­tion is un­der way and look for­ward to see­ing the homes oc­cu­pied in the not too dis­tant fu­ture.”

Chris Faulkner, re­gional director for Step­nell which is de­vel­op­ing the site, said: “We’re de­lighted to be work­ing with the coun­cil on this much-needed fa­cil­ity for the com­mu­nity. Our team has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in the de­sign and de­vel­op­ment of ex­tra care fa­cil­i­ties to a very high stan­dard. I look for­ward to see­ing this project progress over the next year.”

CGI images of the hous­ing scheme

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